Cromer smash stand on the sand challenge

Cromer staged an impressive beach event to win a “Stand on the sand” challenge against Sheringham.

Hundreds, of locals and visitors packed ‘East beach’ in spectacular style to smash the 300 target set by the neighbouring town.

The event was organised by Cromer Carnival, the idea was to gather as many people on the sand as possible, promoting both towns and raising money for charity.

Hundreds of families and carnival enthusiasts travelled from across the county, festival chairman Tony Shipp said the town had exceeded all expectations and shown tremendous community spirit.

The weather threatened to effect numbers, however, Cromer’s resilience shone through. Mr Shipp said: “Half an hour before I had my doubts concerning the cloudy conditions, but standing on the beach and seeing them stream down was fantastic”

The charity event also collected donations for Cromer Skate Park, which is aiming to raise £150,000 for work to begin on a site in The Meadow, Cromer.

Each year a percentage of all bucket takings from the collection at the Carnival parade is donated to a local cause, and this summer the Cromer skatepark has been chosen.

■ Programmes for Cromer Carnival, from August 16-22, are available at venues across north Norfolk, or at

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